Corsica Land of escape
The tourist wealth of Corsica is based on a rare natural heritage. Between Ile Rousse and Ajaccio if you want to discover unforgettable places, the examples are legion ... The Calanche de Piana with its red granite rocks carved by erosion which overhang the road and plunge steeply into the Mediterranean Sea. Another remarkable site is the hamlet of Girolata which is only accessible by sea and which is dominated by a Genoese fort. The Gulf of Porto will offer you an unforgettable view, this landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of cliffs colored by the sun's rays and multicolored pebble beaches. The Bouches de Bonifacio in the extreme south of Corsica, they separate Corsica from Sardinia, the rocks are white unlike the west of the island but also offer a breathtaking beauty. This village is characterized by a “vein” of limestone which makes these cliffs a unique landscape. The Cap Corse between Saint Florent and Bastia will also make you discover a multitude of landscapes all as beautiful as each other.
But Corsica's natural heritage does not stop at the coast, in the interior you can visit villages which tell the story of Corsica, with examples of places to discover: the anthropomorphic menhirs of Filitosa or the "Castelli" of Alta Rocca, chestnut forests in Castagniccia, forests of endemic Larici pines… All these classified sites offer true tranquility to walkers who discover them as these places incite respect and admiration. Near each mountain village, it is not uncommon to find rivers, waterfalls or natural pools which invite you to swim and rest in the shade of the trees that surround them.
Romanesque chapels of Castagniccia, Baroque churches of the Bastians, fortifications of Bonifacio or citadel of Calvi, History has deposited its prints everywhere and even in the most remote villages of the island. But its inhabitants have also erected museums, highlighted the archaeological sites, organized festivals very appreciated of music, of theater. Prehistory left the Menhirs of Filitosa to Corsica; The Romans taught him the cultivation of vines and the raising of oysters. From the Middle Ages, Christendom encouraged the erection of Romanesque and Baroque churches. As for the Genoese, they built fortresses and citadels there, ramparts against the invaders.
Each village in Corsica has a building or a listed place, these remarkable places are remarkable either for their beauty or for their history which means that ruins allow you to discover ancestral times that no one remembers ...
In Corsica, the stones are the history of the island, they are inherited from the Genoese occupation, and the ramparts of yesteryear were responsible for defending the island against its assailants, the Genoese towers are scattered throughout the four corners of the island and emphasize an eventful history. Some can be visited because they have been restored or are in the process of being restored.
If you land or dock in Bastia to come and stay in our hotel, during your journey by car you will pass by Ponte Novu and you will be able to discover the remains of a Genoese bridge connecting the two banks of the Golo to the village. In 1769, it was the site of bloody clashes between the troops of Pascal Paoli and those of the King of France. A fine example of the military genius of the time will be the citadel of Calvi which dominates the sea with its ramparts and its fortified town steeped in history.
The Genoese forts of Matra, Girolata and Saint-Florent… the bastioned wall of Porto-Vecchio… the remains of Filitosa are other remarkable places that you may not have time to visit and which will encourage you to come back to Corsica, because here each rocks hide a unique and magnificent landscape.